Basser Seminar Series

SenseCam, Somniloquy and Force Sensing: An overview of research projects in the Sensors and Devices Group at Microsoft Research Cambridge

Dr James Scott
Sensors and Devices Group, Microsoft Research Cambridge

Time: Friday 23 May 2008, 4:00-5:00-pm **Note change of date and time

Location: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1


By prototyping new hardware, we enable research into a number of areas of computing affecting end users. I present three examples from different threads of research in Microsoft Research Cambridge's Sensors and Devices group, in wearable sensors, energy-aware computing and for mobile device interaction.

SenseCam is a wearable camera which has shown huge potential in aiding memory loss sufferers (e.g. with Alzheimer's) recall events they would otherwise forget. Somniloquy is a modest hardware/software addition to PCs allowing them to respond to network events by "talking in their sleep". Force Sensing is a new interaction technique for mobile devices using twisting and bending forces to provide button-free interaction for large-screen devices.

Speaker's biography

James Scott is a Researcher in the Sensors and Devices Group, which is part of the larger Computer Mediated Living Group at Microsoft Research Cambridge in the UK. He joined Microsoft in January 2007. Prior to this, he spent four years at Intel Research, which he joined after finishing his PhD at Cambridge University in 2002. He received his BA in Computer Science in 1998, also from Cambridge University.

His research spans a broad set of topics in ubiquitous computing, including mobile device hardware, sensors and interaction techniques, wireless networking, power-aware computing, location sensing, and privacy/security issues. He has served on the program committees of a number of conferences including Pervasive and ACM MobiSys, and is a program committee co-chair for UbiComp 2008.